ICARDA Annual Report 2016
Communication Team ICARDA. (30/6/2017). ICARDA Annual Report 2016. Beirut, Lebanon: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
2016 was the hottest year on record – the third consecutive record-breaking year. It was a sign that we have to act fast to enhance the resilience of dryland farmers, who not only have to contend with more extreme temperatures but also face rapidly depleting water resources and the destructive effects of new pests and disease. Farmers are on the frontline in the fight against climate change. Many are already struggling to produce sufficient food, particularly in the dry areas of the developing world, where shifting weather patterns are generating immense challenges and food import burdens continue to grow, exposing ordinary people to the vagaries of global commodity markets. Delivering practical solutions that farmers can utilize to raise their productivity is therefore critical: improved climate-resilient crops, sustainable land and water management practices, enhanced livestock productivity, and valueadded production are key to effective climate change adaptation. Each forms an integral part of ICARDA’s new Research Strategy (2017–2026), which supports the Center’s vision of thriving and resilient livelihoods.
agriculture; biodiversity; crop production; development; disease control; farming systems; genetic resources; germplasm conservation; harvesting; irrigation; land use; livestock; poverty; rangelands; research; ruminants; rural communities; sustainability; vegetation; water harvesting; water management; remote sensing; sheep; seed production; goats; agronomic characters; animal production; malnutrition; genetic variation; dryland farming; cicer arietinum; biological control; hordeum vulgare; genetic markers; grassland management; microsatellites; medicago sativa; pest control; genetic maps; reclamation; human resources; international cooperation; resource management; genetic resistance; rural development; training; cold; arid zones; north africa; pest resistance; drought resistance; geographical information systems; lens culinaris; triticum aestivum; triticum durum; lathyrus sativus; aegilops; pisum sativum; trifolium; trigonella; vicia narbonensis; feed legumes; shrubs; agricultural development; plant collections; pastures; steppes; environmental degradation; mechanical methods; research networks; stubble cleaning; temperature resistance; diffusion of information; agroclimatic zones; middle east; fruit trees; resource conservation; vicia faba